NBA WiretapJanuary 2018 NBA Wiretap

Greg Monroe Agrees To Buyout With Suns

Jan 31, 2018 10:08 PM

Greg Monroe and the Phoenix Suns have agreed upon a buyout.

Monroe is expected to receive significant interest from multiple teams for a contract for the remainder of the season.

Monroe was traded to the Suns by the Milwaukee Bucks earlier this season in the Eric Bledsoe trade.

The Pelicans, Spurs, Wizards and Celtics are amongst the teams interested in Monroe.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Greg Monroe, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

RealGM Radio: Jonathan Givony On The 2018 Draft

Jan 31, 2018 7:17 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Jonathan Givony of ESPN (@DraftExpress) go in-depth on his scouting process and the 2018 Draft.

They discuss how Givony chooses what events to cover, the value of interviews, potential #1 picks in this draft and much more.

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Tags: NCAA, NBA, RealGM Radio

Clippers Concede Two-Way Players Have Saved Season

Jan 31, 2018 5:48 PM

With a number of injuries hitting the Los Angeles Clippers this season, they have relied upon strong play from their entire roster, including players on two-way contracts.

Tyrone Wallace and C.J. Williams have been key to the Clippers.

“The two-way contracts have been a godsend,” Doc Rivers told The Crossover. “Without the two-ways and without our G-League team [the Agua Caliente Clippers], we’d probably be in last place. And that’s not an overstatement.”

“When the two-way came out, that was the impetus for us to get a G-League team,” Lawrence Frank said. “For years, we were hit with the criticism that young players don’t get a chance to play for the Clippers. Our thinking [in the past] was just that we always had better players in front of them. We had wanted a G-League team for years but now we would have been at a competitive disadvantage if we didn’t have one.”

The NBA and NBPA decided that each two-way contract player signed early in the season could have a maximum of 45 “countable days” with the NBA team, with a “countable day” applying to game days, practice days and travel days. The rest of the player’s time was to be spent with the G-League affiliate. 

The Clippers have been trying to limit the "countable days" for their two-way players. The Clippers are so careful with Wallace’s “countable days” that he often is held out of practices. 

According to Frank, “it’s probably fair to say” that L.A.’s two-way players have “been worth five wins” this season.

“The biggest tweak they need to make is to stop counting travel days,” Rivers said. “I think they should only count game days. That would help the players. We’re doing silly things like sending guys to the G-League for practice and bringing them back for games. Tyrone had to fly on the day of the Utah game and he’s missed two or three practices. He’s only 23. He has a chance to be a heck of an NBA player. He shouldn’t be missing those days.”

Ben Golliver/Sports Illustrated

Tags: Tyrone Wallace, C.J. Williams, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA

Bulls Will Likely Sit Nikola Mirotic Through Trade Deadline

Jan 31, 2018 5:36 PM

The Chicago Bulls will keep Nikola Mirotic from playing in Wednesday's game and presumably through the trade deadline on Feb. 8th.

The Bulls are attempting to trade Mirotic, who can veto a trade.

Chicago and the Pelicans were close to a trade of Mirotic this week.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Tags: Nikola Mirotic, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Stephen Curry Doesn't Regret Not Getting No-Trade Clause

Jan 31, 2018 4:18 PM

Blake Griffin didn't negotiate a no-trade clause in his new contract with the Clippers and was traded in the first year of the deal. Stephen Curry similarly signed a new contract with the Warriors in the offseason and he also doesn't own a no-trade clause.

Curry was asked about not having the no-trade on Tuesday.

“Just a negotiation situation,” Curry said. “Obviously, it'd be nice to have one, but it wasn't in the cards. For me, I don't say I regret not getting one.”

Curry said the two sides “talked about it a little bit,” but ultimately agreed against adding a no-trade clause.

“They try to set a precedent that nobody gets one around here,” Curry told The Athletic. “But you would hope situations that happened with Blake don't happen with this team.”

LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Dirk Nowitzki are the only players in the NBA with a no-trade clause.

Curry won't have the same leverage as those three players.

“But it's part of the NBA, man,” Curry said. “It's been that way forever. I'd hope that down the line in my career I play well enough to have winning ways and we continue to do what we've been doing and things will happen according to our successes as I go through the rest of the five years in my contract.”

Anthony Slater/The Athletic

Tags: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Rasual Butler, Wife Killed In Car Accident

Jan 31, 2018 1:07 PM

Rasual Butler and his wife were killed in a single car crash in Studio City, California early Wednesday morning.

Butler lost control of his Range Rover around 2 AM, causing the car to flip and then it struck a parking meter and slammed into a wall.

Butler was drafted in the second round in 2002 by the Heat and played in the NBA until 2016.

Butler most recently played in Ice Cube's BIG3 league. 


Tags: Rasual Butler, NBA

Clippers Offered Blake Griffin To Thunder For Paul George

Jan 31, 2018 1:03 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers were aggressive in their pursuit of a Blake Griffin trade before settling on a deal with the Pistons.

"They offered him around to everybody," said Royce Young on The Hoop Collective podcast. 

"I don't know if that's true," replied Brian Windhorst.

"I mean I know they made calls to Oklahoma City for Paul George," Young said. "I'm pretty sure they made calls to Minnesota for players, so I mean, like, they tried to get some bigger name players. It just wasn't happening."

Griffin is from Oklahoma and had long been linked to the Thunder.

George will be a free agent in 2018 and was a Clippers' fan growing up outside Los Angeles.

Royce Young/ESPN

Tags: Paul George, Blake Griffin, Detroit Pistons, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

LeBron James Criticizes Double Standard For Players Leaving Teams

Jan 31, 2018 12:53 PM

LeBron James believes there is a double standard when it comes to players leaving a franchise in free agency compared to teams trading players.

James' comments came following the Clippers' trade of Blake Griffin to the Pistons.

"When a player gets traded, [the front office] was doing what was best for the franchise," James said. "But when a player decides to leave, he's not loyal, he's a snake, he's not committed.

"That's the narrative of how it goes. I know that firsthand."

James left the Cavaliers for the Heat in 2010 and then returned to Cleveland in 2014.

James said he was "a little bit in shock" when he learned that Griffin, who re-signed with the Clippers on a five-year, $173 million deal this past summer, had been traded after spending his first seven-plus seasons in Los Angeles.

"But you know the business, as unfortunate as it looks," James said. "You know the business. It is what it is."


Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA

Celtics Won't Sign Jarell Eddie To 2nd 10-Day Contract

Jan 31, 2018 12:45 PM

The Boston Celtics have decided not to sign Jarell Eddie to a second 10-day contract at this time.

The Celtics prefer to have flexibility heading to the trade deadline with an open roster spot.

Eddie appeared sparingly in two games with the Celtics.

Eddie spent parts of the 15-16 and 16-17 season with the Wizards.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Jarell Eddie, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

76ers Interested In Trading For Tyreke Evans

Jan 31, 2018 12:12 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have interest in trading for Tyreke Evans.

Evans signed a one-year, $3.3 million contract with the Memphis Grizzlies in the offseason, which he has easily outperformed. Evans is averaging 19.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game.

The Grizzlies are seeking a first round pick for Evans, which the 76ers are reluctant to part with.

Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Grizzlies will sit Evans until he's traded or until after the deadline.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Tags: Tyreke Evans, Memphis Grizzlies, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Dunc'd On: Love Out, Mirotic NOT Traded, Wall Injury, 15 in 60 Part 2 (East)
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux talk Kevin Love, Nikola Mirotic, and go through part 2 of the 15 in 60 for the Eastern Conference.

Kevin Love Out 6-8 Weeks With Fractured Hand
Kevin Love underwent surgery on the same hand in October 2009.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

NBA To Have All 30 Teams At Vegas Summer League
NBA Summer League 2018 will expand to 12 days and 82 games as part of the usual tournament-style schedule.

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Andre Drummond Named As Injury Replacement To All-Star Game
Andrew Drummond earned his second All-Star selection, having previously represented the Pistons in 2016.

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LeBron James Not Expected To Consider Clippers
The Clippers secured a meeting with LeBron James when he was a free agent in 2010.

Marc J. Spears/The Undefeated

Cavs Asked George Hill To Accept Buyout For 18-19 If LeBron James Leaves
George Hill is guaranteed $19 million next season and $1 millon out of $18 million the following season.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN (via ProBasketballTalk)

Pelicans' Trade For Nikola Mirotic Falls Apart
Nikola Mirotic can veto a trade unless the Bulls pick up his $12.5 million option for next season.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Rival Exec: Dan Gilbert Running Cavs' Front Office
Dan Gilbert was recently spotted with Koby Altman scouting Trae Young and Collin Sexton.

Ken Berger/Bleacher Report

Brett Brown Denies Saying Markelle Fultz Suffering 'Psychosomatic Effects'
Brett Brown said he doesn't begrudge Markelle Fultz for feeling that way due to "hearing that type of reporting."

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

John Wall Out Six Weeks With Knee Surgery
John Wall's surgery is being described as a clean up.

Candace Buckner/Washington Post

Isaiah Thomas Has Become A Favorite Of Dan Gilbert
Isaiah Thomas will be a free agent in the offseason.

Ken Berger/Bleacher Report

Report: LeBron James' Camp Didn't Initiate Kyrie Irving Trade Talks
The Cavs kept Kyrie Irving's agent in the loop on their original trade talks.

Ken Berger/Bleacher Report

Cavs Reached Breaking Point With Culture Following Kevin Love's Absence
Players were more frustrated with Kevin Love's absence being unexplained.

Ken Berger/Bleacher Report

Magic Johnson Reportedly Frustrated With Rob Pelinka
Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka were hired to run the front office of the Lakers approximately one year ago.

Dan Le Batard/ESPN (via Lakers Outsiders)

Lakers Weren't Interested In Trading For Blake Griffin
Blake Griffin had been linked to the Lakers heading into his free agency, but he quickly re-signed with the Clippers.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Dunc'd On: Blake Griffin Trade; Interview With Jim Boylen
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux breakdown the Blake Griffin trade and then Nate talks with Jim Boylen

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Clippers Believe They Have Opportunity To Sign LeBron James
LeBron James has previously been linked to the Lakers as he has begun to spend more time in Los Angeles.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Jabari Parker To Make Season Debut Feb. 2nd
Jabari Parker suffered a torn ACL in his left knee on Feb. 8, 2017.

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Clippers Continue To Discuss Trades Involving Lou Williams, DeAndre Jordan
Lou Williams and DeAndre Jordan will be free agents in the offseason.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Clippers Trade Blake Griffin To Pistons
Blake Griffin is in the first year of a five-year deal.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports